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FAO invests in developing Caribbean cassava industry

November 26, 2014
FAO invests in developing Caribbean cassava industry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Addressing agricultural revitalization and the high food import bill are two of the major challenges facing the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Over the past ten years, the food import bill has doubled to almost US$4 billion, with 11% being spent on...

Experts develop new regional management and conservation measures for queen conch

November 25, 2014
Experts develop new regional management and conservation measures for queen conch PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Some 50 experts and national authorities of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) representing 23 governments and international and national organizations met in Panama City, from 18 to 20 November 2014.

New York event celebrates cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa

November 24, 2014
New York event celebrates cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa NEW YORK, USA -- This year, the Black Culinary Alliance (BCA) global cultural awareness salute and black tie gala was held in New York on Friday night under the theme “Crossing Cultures: Jamaica and South Africa”. The event was held in support of the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa.

Caribbean countries urged to vote for UN death penalty moratorium

November 20, 2014
Caribbean countries urged to vote for UN death penalty moratorium TACARIGUA, Trinidad -- In New York on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will cast an initial vote, in committee, on a draft resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The Greater Caribbean for Life, an organisation that is working towards the abolition of...

Caribbean called on to embrace alternative energy

November 20, 2014
Caribbean called on to embrace alternative energy BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean needs to embrace a transition to 100 percent adoption of renewable energy as if its very life depends on it. This was the general view from a panel discussion on alternative energy that formed part of the programme last Wednesday of Caribbean Exporters’...

Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020

November 19, 2014
Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020 LONDON, England -- Hugh Walker (head of DFID Caribbean) has signed a joint letter of intent with St Vincent and the Grenadines on behalf of Desmond Swayne, Britain’s minister for international development. Walker said, "The United Kingdom is committed to the long-term development of the Caribbean."

First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey

November 15, 2014
First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.

Russia to restart air patrols over the Caribbean

November 14, 2014
Russia to restart air patrols over the Caribbean MOSCOW, Russia -- Russia said on Wednesday that its air force will recommence regular air patrols over the Caribbean, after winding down such long-range missions at the end of the Cold War, the BBC reported. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said, "Under the prevailing circumstances we need to ensure...

A day to remember Caribbean buried treasure

November 13, 2014
A day to remember Caribbean buried treasure KITTY HAWK, USA -- Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850. It was on November 13, 1750, that a fabulous treasure was buried on a deserted island in the Caribbean and it's no coincidence that this true pirate tale would inspire Stevenson when he wrote his immortal classic, Treasure Island.

New York event celebrates the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa

November 10, 2014
New York event celebrates the food cultural diversity of Jamaica and South Africa NEW YORK, USA -- In the tradition of celebrating food cultural diversity, the theme for the annual BCAGlobal Cultural Awareness Salute and Black Tie Gala will be “Crossing Cultures-Jamaica and South Africa.” The event on Friday, November 21, 2014, at the Crown Plaza Times Square, will focus on...

US rejects queen conch petition

November 5, 2014
US rejects queen conch petition BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US government review of the status of the queen conch keeps the region’s conch fishery alive. The review follows a petition to have the queen conch listed as threatened or endangered.

Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 29

November 4, 2014
Submissions call for The Caribbean Writer - Volume 29 ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer, an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, is announcing a submission call for its 29th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective.

Regional disaster management receives boost from EU

November 3, 2014
Regional disaster management receives boost from EU BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Efforts to enhance disaster management throughout the Caribbean received a much needed boost on Friday, with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union (EU). Barbados minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, welcomed the grant, noting it signalled the region’s...

World's hottest peppers produced and sold by Caribbean agriculture institute

November 3, 2014
World's hottest peppers produced and sold by Caribbean agriculture institute ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has been supplying Caribbean farmers with quality hot pepper seeds for the past 20 years. Currently, four main varieties are produced by CARDI and supplied through its distributor.

US conch ban decision looming

November 1, 2014
US conch ban decision looming NASSAU, Bahamas -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States is expected to deliver a ruling on Monday on a petition by the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) WildEarth Guardians for queen conch to be declared a “threatened” or “endangered”...

Press freedom organisation puts ten faces to its 'Fightimpunity' campaign

October 31, 2014
Press freedom organisation puts ten faces to its 'Fightimpunity' campaign PARIS, France -- Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders (RWB) is highlighting ten emblematic cases of impunity as part of its #FightImpunity campaign for the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The aim is to involve the general public and step up...

Abuse, self-stigma revealed by ground-breaking Caribbean study of men who have sex with men

October 30, 2014
Abuse, self-stigma revealed by ground-breaking Caribbean study of men who have sex with men PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS) is the region’s largest study of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men as well as the first such survey to be conducted online. While many respondents experienced homophobic abuse and negative self-perception.

The Caribbean Writer Volume 28 book launch party

October 29, 2014
The Caribbean Writer Volume 28 book launch party ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer invites the general public to another book launch of Volume 28 on Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 1-4 pm in the first-floor conference room of UVI’s Administration and Conference Center (ACC) on St Thomas. Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories.

Women in public office urged to fight corruption

October 28, 2014
Women in public office urged to fight corruption MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Coordinator for the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, Hazel Brown, says women must be willing to take on leadership positions, but must have zero tolerance against discrimination, inequity and corruption in public life. “It is necessary for more women to take up...

Caribbean countries ready to address stagnation, says CDB president

October 28, 2014
Caribbean countries ready to address stagnation, says CDB president MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Warren Smith, has expressed optimism that Caribbean countries are ready to address the root causes of economic and social stagnation. Addressing the opening of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Kindness and understanding

October 28, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Kindness and understanding Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “Kindness and Understanding.” The one thing I have learned about parenting is that...

EarthTalk: Banning plastic bags

October 27, 2014
EarthTalk: Banning plastic bags California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags.

Caribbean women recommit to advocating for diversity

October 18, 2014
Caribbean women recommit to advocating for diversity PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Advocates for lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the Caribbean have been encouraged to commit to enhance their advocacy at the second Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference. Staged in Paramaribo, Suriname, the CWSDC is organised by...

FAO Caribbean head highlights importance of policy in revitalizing regional agriculture

October 16, 2014
FAO Caribbean head highlights importance of policy in revitalizing regional agriculture PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The critical role of policy development and implementation in the process of revitalizing agriculture sectors in the region was highlighted in a workshop on governance and public policy held last week at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour

October 16, 2014
Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour LIMA, Peru -- At a United Nations-backed regional conference held in Lima, Peru, 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries on Wednesday announced the launch of an initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour, and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020.

The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery

October 14, 2014
The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are tons of films about slavery, but how many films have you seen making a case for reparations for slavery? Out of slavery itself film producer Karen Marks Mafundikwa of Jamaica has brought this prized and rare possession to the Caribbean and the world.

CRFM hopes US reject petition to ban import of Caribbean conch

October 14, 2014
CRFM hopes US reject petition to ban import of Caribbean conch PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says that it hopes data it supplied to the United States would convince authorities there not to list the queen conch as an endangered species, as a non-governmental organisation from Colorado has requested.

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